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50th Anniversary of APOLLO 11 Landing on the Moon

NOTE: EVENTS UPDATED AS OF Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Events In and Around Tucson, AZ


July 1 to 31
CAPCOM GO! Special planetarium show at Flandrau 

This fulldome planetarium show about the Apollo missions runs through the month of July (Moon Month) at Flandrau. Each show ends with a live presentation about UA’s important role in the “Space Race” to land a man on the moon. Generously funded by Galileo Circle. Audience: General Public.

July 19, Friday, program starts at 11:00 am

PSI's Co-founder, Dr Bill Hartmann, will appear as a guest on NPR's "Science Friday" radio program. Bill will be interviewed by Dr Tim Swindle, Director of the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona. They will talk about LPL's lunar program in the 1950's as the world prepared for the first crewed lunar landing. 

July 20, Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
UA Summer Science Saturday, Moon Landing Celebration, LPL

July 20, 1969, is the day Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first human step on the lunar surface. LPL celebrates this anniversary with their Summer Science Saturday event. The event will commemorate the Moon Landing, highlight UA’s involvement in the Space Race to land a man on the moon, and showcase other UA lunar research.

LPL plans include 3 lecture presentations, exhibits, and book sales. Speakers: Planetary Science Institute’s Bill Hartmann, Bob Strom, and Jeff Andrews-Hanna. Audience: Adults, families. FREE event.

July 20, Saturday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
UA Special Collections “Moon” Exhibit Opening

The Special Collections exhibit, titled “Moon,” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The exhibit draws on material from Ewen Whitaker, Associate Research Scientist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and expert on the surface and physical features of the moon. The Whitaker Collection features extensive maps, photographs, books, correspondence and other academic works related to lunar studies. The exhibit also features items on loan from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, the Museum of Optics at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, and the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive. Free. Audience: General Public.

July 20, Saturday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
UA Moon Landing! One Giant Leap: Arizona Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

Flandrau supports LPL and Special Collections with special activities for families, special planetarium shows (that don’t conflict with LPL presentations), and special $5 pricing for exhibits and $5 planetarium shows. Audience: Families with kids.

July 20, Saturday, 2:00 pm
Loft Cinema moon landing event–The Loft Cinema screens the 1989 documentary “For All Mankind” with Bill Boynton from LPL as speaker. Audience: General Public.

July 20, Saturday, 3:40 pm
Diamondbacks Space Night, Phoenix, AZ Sponsored by Raytheon. During the Diamondbacks baseball game in Phoenix, the UA’s Lunar and Planetary Lab and OSIRIS-REx mission will offer hands-on activities about LPL’s role in lunar exploration and planetary science, including the OSIRIS-REx mission and new science from the asteroid Bennu. Audience: General Public.

July 20, Saturday, 8:00 pm
PSI's Dr Sanlyn Buxner and Maya Bakerman will be at the Desert Museum's moon landing event. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will host an event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing. Speaker: Amanda Stadermann from LPL. Audience: General Public.

July 24, Wednesday from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
UA Space Drafts program – Borderlands Brewing brew pub

Presenters: Planetary Science Institute’s Bill Hartmann and also Amanda Stadermann. Audience: General Public.

July 27, Saturday
Night Wings program – Pima Air and Space Museum The monthly Night Wings program at PASM will focus on the moon and space missions. No presenter scheduled yet. Audience: General Public.



August 8-11
Spacefest X – JW Marriott at Starr Pass Celebration of Space exploration; some Apollo astronauts will attend. Paid admission. Audience: General Public. 

Events in Other Parts of the World 

PSI in Denver, CO

July 13 – 20
PSI’s Senior Scientist Dr Amanda Hendrix is a featured speaker at “Apollopalooza,” the Apollo Anniversary Celebration at the “Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.” 

PSI in Washington, DC

July 18 - 20
PSI's Dr Sanlyn Buxner and Macey Brown will be participating in the activities on the National Mall from 9:00 am - 5:00.

July 19

PSI's Dr Gareth Morgan hosts a booth at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum during "Discover the Moon Day" from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The booth will focus on radar studies of the Moon. Gareth's exact time slot in the booth is TBD.

PSI in Seattle, WA

July 20 – 21
PSI’s Senior Scientist Dr Ryan Watkins is a featured speaker at the “Museum of Flight’s” collaboration with the Smithsonian’s “Destination Moon” exhibit.

Use this link to read all about the wide variety of events:

Use this link to read about the exhibit itself:

PSI in Perth, Australia

July 21
PSI’s Senior Scientist Dr. Gretchen Benedix will participate in the "Curtin University Open Day" that is dediated to space science and exploration. The Apollo 11 story will be displayed on TV and a variety of hands-on activities will be offered such as VR of Mars craters and dunes. 

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